... to give a quick update on my life =). I thought I would have more time staying off the computer to get my household in order and organize things and establish new routines, LOL. Well, that hasn't happened yet. Instead I got a chance to take care of my family in a special way - by being a nurse! My dear husband got a very strong flu bug which literally threw him into bed for full two weeks. He is finally feelig better, but still not back to full health. My 10 year old also was pretty sick for a week, so I had two patients in our bed. I moved out with Abigail into the family room for that whole time, praying she wouldn't get anything. Then our 8y. old got the chicken pox. She handled it pretty well, but she spent her entire spring break not being able to go anywhere or play outside. She still has some scabs, but is back in school. The worse ones were in her hair! I am thankful she had very little on her face, so she won't be scarred like her older sisters. We knew that this was probably only the start of chicken pox in our family, since none of the 4 younger ones had them. And we were right. Our 5y. son is right now covered from head to toe. He is not as cooperative about not scratching them as his older sister and still had some fever. So, my idea of "gettting back to normal life" has to be post-poned. We also have quite a bit of doctor appointments this week, as Abigail has to go back for a checkup to the hospital and Debora as well with her adeoids. So, I am just trying to keep up with the most important things like cooking, laundry and general pick-up.
I have started sorting summer clothes in my boys room, but can't get back to them and am not sure how I am going to deal with it, since we still have unfinished closets so I have no place to put clothes into =). I also need to be sewing my oldest a fancy dress for school and am working on a muslin, but can't find the opportunity to go to the city and buy fabric. My dryer finally broke (has been hanging on a thread), so I have to hang up all the clothes, which will save electricity, but adds a bit of work. There is so much work to be done in the house and outside still, but somehow it's hard to find the extra time needed. So, now more than ever I am learning to take a deep breath, relax and let things go. It's hard for me to admit that for the first time in my life I feel completely overwhelmed and not able to do it all. (gasp!) But I guess that is a good place to be. My husband says that it's very comforting to know that I am a human being after all and not a supermom! LOL SO, admitting my shortcomings and humanity, I am trying to see the big picture, not stressing so much about perfections, but learning to focus on spending time caring for my lovely family and treasuring each and every moment spent with them.
I tried making huge and elaborate cleaning schedules and chore schedules, but it only puts added pressure and stress at this time. So, maybe I am just going to put those away and go with the flow for a while, since that's the only thing that seems to be working. I just have to trust the Lord with all my heart that He knows everything better than me and that He has a purpose for all of this and that He will give me grace and wisdom through these times and that He will be glorified through all of this if only I let go and trust. I am so thankful for everything He is doing in our lives and for my family.
Parting shot - Abi is almost 5 months old: